In the aftermath of the incident on the M53 in Wirral, Merseyside, North West Ambulance Service formally declared a major occurrence. This transpired shortly after 08:00 BST, resulting in a female sustaining grievous injuries associated with major trauma. Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirby acknowledged the involvement of one of their school buses.
The educational institution affirmed that their staff is actively collating pertinent information and providing support to affected students and their families. Local councillor Sherin Akhtar relayed via X that the bus was en route to West Kirby Grammar School at the time.
West Kirby Grammar expressed awareness of the situation, particularly involving the W3 bus service. The school assured that they are in contact with the bus service provider and emergency response units, who have committed to furnishing ongoing updates. They kindly requested cooperation in keeping their phone lines available for seamless communication.
The response saw the dispatch of two air ambulances to the site situated between junction 4 at Bebington and junction 5 in Hooton. The ambulance service relayed that thus far, one female patient with severe trauma-related injuries has been conveyed to the hospital. Furthermore, close to 50 other individuals are undergoing assessments on-site. Collaborative efforts are underway with incident partners to facilitate the relocation of people from the area.
The thoroughfare has been sealed off in both directions, urging motorists to steer clear of the vicinity and seek alternative routes, with designated diversions implemented. Unison reported that healthcare practitioners involved in industrial action promptly resumed duties to extend aid following the incident. A spokesperson conveyed, “Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by this tragic occurrence.”